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Aug
29
2016

Flying Through Hell … Again and Again Fort McMurray Helicopters Fight ‘The Beast’

Posted by jhadmin

The fire started small on May Day 2016. However, the traditional May 1 holiday soon turned—and burned—into a distress call. Unfortunately, the winds were too high and the ground too dry. Within hours, more and more acres were devoured by flames with red-hot embers blowing ahead of the leading edge. In time, the fast moving fire grew too hot for firefighters to approach. So intense was its temperature that it even began creating its own heat lightning. Eventually, emergency personnel had another name for the Fort McMurray wildfire: The Beast. [Read More...]

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Tags: Fort McMurray Helicopter Firefighting
Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors categoryHuman Interest



Aug
29
2016

U.S. Helicopter Safety Team Supports FAA Revisions to Autorotation Testing

Posted by jhadmin

The United States Helicopter Safety Team is offering a supportive voice to recent changes made by the Federal Aviation Administration in its Practical Test Standards (PTS) for helicopter instructors. (https://www.faa.gov/training_testing/testing/test_standards/media/FAA-S-8081-7B.pdf) “The revision provides examiners a path to mitigate some risks associated with the Flight Instructor PTS requirements to demonstrate proficiency in the touchdown portion of an autorotation,” explains Raj Helweg, USHST industry co-chairman and chief pilot of Air Methods. “If a CFI applicant has proven competence with this touchdown portion of an autorotation prior to the evaluation, these revised test standards offer flexibility and a greater margin of safety by eliminating the requirement to repeat these maneuvers during the practical test.” [Read More...]



Tags: Auto Rotations US Helicopter Safety Team
Categories: categorySafety categoryTraining categoryRegulatory



Aug
22
2016

Executive Watch - Mike Stanberry of Metro Aviation

Posted by jhadmin

“I was oil field trash.” When an interview starts with a quote like that, good stories are in store. However, Mike Stanberry, the president, CEO, and sole owner of Metro Aviation headquartered in Shreveport, Louisiana, is much more than just a storyteller. Rather, he has seized opportunities throughout an eventful career to create one of the rotorcraft industry’s premier companies. When President Obama implies that owners didn’t build their businesses, you get the distinct impression that Stanberry would reply, “Yes, Mr. President, we did.” [Read More...]



Tags: Metro Aviation Mike Stanberry
Categories: categoryCompany Profiles categoryHuman Interest



Aug
15
2016

REACHing New Heights in Helicopter Air Ambulance

Posted by jhadmin

I have just finished a day's contract flying and am now driving back home on a four-hour trip. I’m a little fatigued, but mostly just bored. I need new energy in the car. Fortunately, I have a phone interview scheduled to begin now with Don Wharton, REACH Air Medical Service’s director of business development. With both cruise control and phone speaker on, I start my phone's voice recorder and make the call. Wharton answers and his enthusiasm immediately comes flooding into my car—goodbye boredom! I ask him, "In your own words, what's the Reach mission?" Without hesitation, Wharton replies, "Right across the ranks, it's our obsessive focus on safe and efficient transportation of our patients and always doing right by them in every situation. Depending on the situation, sometimes we substitute the word 'patient' with community, partner, or customer, but we are committed to the high-road process that produces the best result." [Read More...]

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Tags: REACH
Categories: categoryCompany Profiles categoryHelicopter Sectors



Aug
08
2016

Can Your Organization's Culture Influence Decision Making?

Posted by jhadmin

Decision-making is a frequent occurrence in our daily lives. As aviation professionals, the choices that we make can certainly have critical implications on the outcome of a flight or maintenance activity. When selecting between several options or different courses of actions we often do so unconsciously, without reference to the influences that might drive our decision. We often do not realize that there is underlying stimulus that can motivate our choices. Studies have shown that there is a definitive relationship between culture and decision-making strategies. We belong to what Allan Stewart describes as “high-reliability organizations.” Due to the catastrophic potential of our work, it is critical that safety culture and decision-making align to enable the best choices. [Read More...]



Tags: Aviation Safety
Categories: categorySafety



Aug
01
2016

U.S. Helicopter Safety Team Sets “20 by 2020” Target for Fatal Accidents

Posted by jhadmin

The United States Helicopter Safety Team (www.ushst.org) will focus major attention during the next four years on reducing fatal accidents within the U.S. civil helicopter community. The industry-government partnership is targeting a reduction to 0.61 fatal accidents per 100,000 flight hours, which is 20 percent less than the average since 2009. For a baseline comparison, the USHST is using a fatal accident rate of 0.76. This is the average fatal accident rate for the prior five years that have final and reliable data (2009-10 and 2012-14) derived from the FAA General Aviation Survey. [Read More...]



Tags: USHST
Categories: categorySafety



Aug
01
2016

Optimizing Mission Display Readability and Performance

Posted by jhadmin

Modern airborne video surveillance systems enable mission teams to search for objects of interest and observe unfolding events (either overtly or covertly) while recording and reporting what’s being observed. Improvements to a helicopter’s video surveillance system can significantly improve mission effectiveness. Ways to improve the system include: [Read More...]



Tags: Avionics Cockpit Display
Categories: categoryTraining categorySafety categoryRegulatory



Jul
24
2016

FAA Updated Guidance: Almost Lost in Translation

Posted by jhadmin

Beginning last year, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released several training-related guidance updates. These releases included advisory circulars, a national policy notice, and most recently, the Flight Instructor Helicopter Practical Test Standards (PTS). In several of my previous training articles, I referred to subject matter affected by the release of this new guidance. I would now like to review a few of the specific documents released by the FAA and provide an overview of how changes may affect you. [Read More...]



Tags: FAA
Categories: categoryTraining categoryRegulatory



Jul
18
2016

The Evolution of CRM

Posted by jhadmin

In the 1960s and ‘70s a disease seemed to strike the airline industry that caused airliners to crash for no known reason. NASA called a “Resource Management on the Flight Deck” workshop that identified human error as the main cause of several high-profile accidents. NASA’s research uncovered that from 1968 to 1976 there were 60 airliners that crashed due to elements of human error. Researching back further through the Boeing archives to 1940, NASA discovered that four out of five accidents—80 percent—had an element of human error. Since that workshop, six generations of CRM have emerged. [Read More...]



Tags: crm Helicopter Accidents and Safety
Categories: categorySafety categoryTraining categoryOpinion-Editorial



Jul
04
2016

FINDING THE RIGHT MRO FOR YOUR NEXT-GENERATION HELICOPTER

Posted by jhadmin

Congratulations! You’ve graduated from owning a 30 year old, second-hand, twin-engine helicopter to a spanking new Airbus Helicopters H175, AgustaWestland AW189, Sikorsky S-76D, or some other next-generation rotorcraft equipped with the latest systems. Now that you own this machine, where are you going to have it serviced? Is the MRO that kept your aging helicopter flying able to do the same for your shiny new helicopter? If not, how can you find service before it’s too late? [Read More...]

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Tags: MRO
Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors


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